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U.S. Highway 1 - Florida

U.S. Highway 1 Highway Guides

Business U.S. 1 in Fort Lauderdale - North
U.S. 1 splits into a business route in Fort Lauderdale. This photo shows northbound Business U.S. 1 as it reaches Junction Florida 84. Florida 84 exists in two segments: one in Naples and the other in Fort Lauderdale and Davie. These two segments used to be contiguous until the Everglades Parkway/Alligator Alley was recommissioned as Interstate 75/Florida 93. Much of the route between here and Interstate 75 acts as a frontage road system for Interstate 595/Port Everglades Freeway. Photo taken 1/06/01.
Other Photos Pertaining to U.S. 1
The exit from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport features signage to U.S. 1. The shields are red in accordance with the old rainbow coloring scheme of U.S. highway markers in Florida dating back to 1964. The colors were phased out by the mid-1990s, but a few relics remain of that old system. Photo taken 1/06/01.

U.S. 1 - Bahia Honda Bridges

The modern Overseas Highway travels over Bahia Honda Channel along a pair of two-lane concrete bridges. The four-lane section offers weary motorists the opportunity to pass slower moving vehicles, as a break from the two-lane sections east and west of Spanish and Bahia Honda Keys. The current bridges opened to traffic in 1972.1

Adjacent to the Overseas Highway along the south is the original Bahia Highway road and railroad bridge. After the destruction of the Florida East Coast Railway due to the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, officials shifted the focus from rebuilding the line to constructing an overseas highway. The state purchased the railroad right-of-way for the new road, and in some cases utilized existing infrastructure to accommodate the new road. At Bahia Honda, this is the case.

Since the existing truss bridge over the Bahia Honda Channel was too narrow to support vehicular traffic, contractors instead opted to build a road deck on top of the existing street structure. The result was an odd truss bridge with an abandoned railroad line below and a narrow two-lane concrete deck above. The original Overseas Highway opened to traffic on July 4, 1938.1

U.S. 1 Bahia Honda twin bridges
Views of the 1972-built Bahia Honda Bridges from the original Overseas Highway alignment to the south and the eastern shores of Spanish Harbor Keys. The concrete retaining wall along Bahia Honda Channel bustled with people fishing, listening to latin music, and swimming in the teal waters. Photos taken 05/07/06.
Overseas Highway Bahia Honda Bridge
Walking along the old Overseas Highway alignment from the south. There's not much left of it here, other than a dirt train and scrub brush over the original earth that once carried the roadway. Photo taken 05/07/06.
A short stub of concrete remains in place at the west end of the severed Bahia Honda Bridge. A cut in the span was made between the western abutment and the truss bridge. This prevents access to the bridge, and also allows unrestricted passage below. Photo taken 05/07/06.
The edge of the railroad truss and concrete road deck at the west end of the Bahia Honda Bridge. Concrete fragments from the crumbling guard rail covers the original two-lane roadway. Paint striping, albeit faded, remains on the road as well. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Turning around, the view looking west at the barricade between the original Overseas Highway concrete stub and approach. Photo taken 05/07/06.
A lone palm tree sways in the breeze south of the abandoned Bahia Honda Bridge. 90 miles separate the Florida Keys from the island country of Cuba. Photo taken 05/07/06.
Walking along the Bahia Honda Channel seawall, the side profile of the bridge comes into view. The railroad truss rises 65 feet on the approach to Bahia Honda Key.1 Photo taken 05/07/06.
Looking south again at the cut in the Bahia Honda Bridge and western approach. Water flowing between the keys separates the Florida Straits from Florida Bay. Photo taken 05/07/06.
A closer look at the Bahia Honda Bridge truss work and overall span. Photo taken 05/07/06.

Sources:

  1. History Of Overseas Highway, Florida Keys History Museum.

Page Updated October 13, 2006.